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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Jun 29, 2021


Did you know that your story is powerful enough to impact those around you? Because it is! By becoming your own individual self, and by truly believing in your value, you can completely change everything around you.


In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Simone Knego, a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and best-selling author of The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You. She desires to help others recognize that it’s the little things we do each day that have the biggest impact on the world around us. 


Simone talks about her family’s experience during the pandemic, her climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro experience, and the inspiration behind her book.


Listen in to learn how you can impact others with your story by believing in yourself and your value. You will also learn the importance of positively affirming your day and not allowing fear to stop you from moving forward.


Key Takeaways:

  • How to become your own individual self and impact those around you with your story.
  • How to learn to believe in yourself and your value to change everything around you.
  • How other people’s life perspectives can positively shift your mindset.
  • How not to allow fear to stop you from moving forward and achieve greater things.


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Episode Timeline:

  • [0:41] Intro
  • [2:48] The difficulties of the prolonged Covid situation.
  • [4:58] Simone on how the past year has been for her and her family of 6 children.
  • [9:41] How Simone became her own individual and figured out her why.
  • [15:32] How to get out of your comfort zone and impact those around you.
  • [19:53] She narrates her adoption story and why it became a huge piece of her family.
  • [22:57] Simone on how she helped her adopted children get past their initial fears and issues.
  • [26:13] Learning how to understand others and their needs.
  • [30:30] She describes her experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lessons it taught her.
  • [34:33] How she was inspired by other people’s struggles to positively change her mindset.
  • [37:33] Tips on how to move forward and achieve the best version of who you are.
  • [41:53] Simone on the inspiration behind her book, The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You.


Standout Quotes:

  • “It really isn’t about me, it’s about the impact that I can have on other people.” Simone Knego [10:46]


  • “We don’t need to change who we are; we need to change how we see ourselves.” Simone Knego [12:59]


  • “It’s okay to be scared of things, but don’t let fear stop you from moving forward.” Simone Knego [37:36]


  • “It’s the little things you do every day that impacts the people around you.” Simone Knego [43:37]


  • “It’s about connecting with who you truly are and approaching every day with positivity and kindness.” Cathleen Merkel [44:15]



Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel



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Book: The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You





About Cathleen: 


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  

At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.


Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!


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About Simone Knego


Simone Knego, author of the best-selling book, The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You, is a motivational speaker, mother to six children, and an entrepreneur. In her new best-selling book, The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You, she details her journey of adopting three of her six children, her climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, and all of the funny, scary, and inspiring stories that came along the way. Simone holds both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accounting from the University of Florida and is a CPA.